PAHRUMP, Nev. – Following a thorough application process, Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA), a member-owned electric cooperative based in Pahrump, recently announced the winners of its 2014 annual scholarships. To assist hard-working members in its service territory with furthering their education, the cooperative awarded five academic, vocational and continuing education scholarships to members at its Annual Meeting in April.
The five scholarships awarded this year include:
• Two full-time academic scholarships offering $1,000 per year for four consecutive years
• One full-time vocational/technical scholarships offering $1,000 per year for two consecutive years
• Two part-time continuing education scholarships offering $500 for one year
The academic scholarships were awarded to Zoe Bertz, a senior at George Whittell High School and Alexi Kibbe, a senior at Indian Springs High School. Bertz will attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to major in business management, with the goal of working in information system management. Kibbe, valedictorian of her class, will attend the University of Nevada, Reno, where she will major in biology with the aim of becoming an anesthesiologist.
Sierra McKillips earned the vocational/technical scholarship. McKillips, who also coordinates and conducts youth leadership activities with the NyE Communities Coalition, is taking classes at Great Basin College and University of Nevada, Reno. Majoring in social work, she plans to become a social worker.
The continuing education scholarships were awarded to Beth Sorrell and Jennifer Simon. Sorrell, who is taking classes for sonography at the Community College of Southern Nevada, plans to become a sonographer. Simon, a student at the University of Oregon, is majoring in cinema studies with the aim of becoming a director/editor/filmmaker.
Kibbe, whose grandfather worked as a lineman for VEA, said she is grateful to receive an academic scholarship from a company that has close ties to her family.
“I think it’s really nice of VEA to give back to the community, especially since a lot of communities it serves are small and rural,” said Kibbe, whose family owns property in VEA’s service territory. “I know a lot of times it’s hard for kids in small communities to get scholarships and be confident about going to college.”
VEA has distributed annual scholarships since 2008, with all members and individuals whose parents or legal guardians are VEA members eligible to apply. The program has continued to grow each year, with four scholarships totaling $12,000 awarded in 2013.
“As a member-owned cooperative, VEA is invested in promoting a strong future among residents of the communities it serves, and the scholarship program is a valuable opportunity to help deserving members achieve their career ambitions,” said Dax Whittle, member and communications coordinator for VEA. “We received many impressive applications, and the winners of this year’s scholarships show tremendous promise. We are honored to play a role in helping them accomplish their long-term goals.”
About Valley Electric Association, Inc.
Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) is a member-owned nonprofit electric utility headquartered in Pahrump, Nev. While VEA started as a small rural electric utility in 1965, the company now provides service to more than 45,000 people within a vast 6,800-square-mile service area located primarily along the California-Nevada border, with the majority in Nevada. VEA’s service area starts in Sandy Valley, southwest of Las Vegas, and extends north for more than 250 miles to Fish Lake Valley. For more information about VEA, please visit www.vea.coop.